Austin loves to celebrate any time of year through a variety of festivals and events, but the holiday season really shines at showcasing local celebrations, small businesses and family gatherings. Take a look at some of December's top events, and celebrate the season!

11/2812/24/14 Blue Genie Art Bazaar Marchesa Hall & Theatre: The Blue Genie Art Bazaar is a fixture of the Austin holiday shopping season. This event is an annual arts show that features unique work from more than 200 local and regional artists with a portion of proceeds going to Make-A-Wish Central & South Texas. It is a fun, free shopping event you can't miss!

12/5/14- 12/21/14 Holiday Wine Trail Austin Hill Country Wineries: Spend 10 days exploring the wineries of the Texas Hill Country during the 2014 Holiday Wine Trail event. Grab a ticket and get between 1 and 3 complimentary tastings per winery, a holiday ornament and discounts on local wines.

12/6/14- 12/23/14 Ballet Austin's The Nutcracker Long Center for the Performing Arts: Join the annual tradition with an army of mischievous mice, a bevy of bon-bons, a sprinkle of sparkling snowflakes, and Mother Ginger.

12/6/14 Holiday Sing-Along & Downtown Stroll Downtown Austin: Caroling in front of the Capitol before heading down Congress Avenue for live music and shopping!

Austin's Zilker Tree. Photo by Austin Trail of Lights.
Austin's Zilker Tree. Photo by Austin Trail of Lights.

12/7/14-12/21/14 Trail of Lights and Zilker Tree Zilker Park: The Austin Trail of Lights lights up the season with a celebration of community, memories and fun. Located at Zilker Park, and fun for the whole family!

12/13/14- 12/14/14 Luminations Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center: Thousands of luminaries and twinkling lights turn the center into a holiday wonderland during Luminations! In addition to the beautiful holiday lighting, they'll have Frosty the Snowman, the Austin Banjo Club, the Chalameau Quartet, La Grosse Tete and the Eanes High School Choir, plus children's activities and holiday specials at the store.

12/16/24-12/24/14 Armadillo Christmas Bazaar Palmer Events Center: Shades of old Austin are reflected at this market with eclectic gift and local musical entertainment.

12/19/14- 01/04/15 Lights & Ice Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa: Enjoy a 3,800- square-foot ice rink and 200,000 twinkling lights as the Omni Resort Pavilion turns into a winter wonderland. A portion of proceeds raised from the exhibit will be donated to the Make-a-Wish Foundation of Central & South Texas.

12/22/14 Bah Humbug! A One-Man Christmas Carol Dougherty Arts Center: Now in its 12th year, this is a Charles Dickens "A Christmas Carol" with an amazing twist. Check out this one-man performance of a powerful tale of hope and compassion!

12/25/14 Four Seasons Hotel Austin's Christmas Dinner Four Seasons Hotel Austin: Don't want to whip up dinner on this festive eve? Enjoy a Christmas feast with family and friends at Trio!

12/31/14 Austin's New Year Butler Park: Austin's New Year (ANY) is an annual free event where Austin families can come together downtown to welcome in the New Year! ANY is an alcohol-free celebration showcasing Austin's diverse and talented creative community through art, films, and live music. And kids and adults alike won't want to miss the exciting fireworks finale!

What favorite events are you participating in this December? Let us know in the comments below!